Dunblane High Battlefields Trip 2017

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Ypres & Messines Ridge

Company A started the day at Hill 60 the scene of horrific fighting throughout the war, hill 60 was also the scene of a massive underground mine explosion where thousands of German soldiers died in an instant.

The British and German lines were only some 90 meters apart.

Some of the company A troops on the old British front line.

Next up was a visit to Sanctuary Wood where the trenches are still in place exactly as they were at the end of 1918 here we walked in the footsteps of thousands of British troops, we even walked underground through a tunnel network.

The fantastic Hooge Museum was very informative and the troops had the chance to purchase “bullets” and other souvenirs. From there we had a brief stop at Black Watch Corner.

The afternoon saw company A at the Pool of Peace, which was the site of Spanbroekmolen Mine, again the sight of a massive explosion, leading up to the 3rd Battle of Ypres today the site is a place of real peace and calm.

Messines Ridge was our final stop where we heard the fantastic story of Monsieur Albert who spent a great deal of his time in getting the bells which Napoleon stole replaced in the bell tower of the rebuilt church, we also learnt that the crypt of the church was used as a field hospital by both the British and Germans at differing times, we also heard that it was here that Adolph Hitler’s life was saved after he’s been wounded rescuing his officer from no mans land.

Tomorrow we head to France and the Somme

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